Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Non-Believers Are Americans Too

Americans who do not fit nicely into an accepted, organized religion box like "Hindu" or "Christian" have found it difficult to legitimize themselves in the eyes of those who live in those boxes. Atheism itself is looked upon as a defect or disease.

Yesterday we saw a change:
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus--and non-believers.
In once sentence, non-believers all over America got the kind of boost, a legitimate form of recognition from a world leader, that we were not expecting.

Granted, this fuel will feed the right wing "godless liberal" machine for a long time to come. I think it is a step in the right direction.


Lisa said...

I was so glad to hear that yesterday. About time!

Conservadave said...

Everyone should be acknowledged and it is about time. 1st amendment also gives us the freedom to not worship anything at all. The problem I will have is when they(liberal wackos(no offense)) start excluding the other religions and only signifying atheism. But I agree with that part of his speech...
(probably the only part)